The unanimous decision of the court indicated Canadians can maintain an expectation of privacy regarding their IP address, and that police would typically require a warrant to obtain the address and location of an individual's computer.
The decision will likely affect police monitoring of the Internet for purposes of detecting crime and terrorism, and courts may be overwhelmed by police requests for warrants.
The court ruled on a case in which
The privacy Commissioner of
"This is a watershed moment for the right to privacy," the
The case is likely to be studied in other countries whose lawmakers seek to better define Internet and privacy rights.
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